FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox are thinning out the ranks of their position players today.
Outfielders Alex Hassan, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Juan Carlos Linares packed up their lockers and headed for the minor league clubhouse. So did first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton. Righthander Steven Wright also was optioned.
• Alfredo Aceves will pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday and then start against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
• John Lackey will pitch in a minor league game on Saturday rather than face the Rays. As starters work deeper into games in spring training, some try to avoid divisional opponents.
• The Sox will start Clayton Mortensen in Sarasota against the Orioles on Friday in the split-squad doubleheader. Alex Wilson, Chris Hernandez and Oscar Villareal will follow. Felix Doubront will start the night game at home against the Twins.